By Ellen Blaize, December 22, 2017
You’ve worked hard all semester. You’ve turned in your last assignment and taken your
last final. It’s finally here: winter break. *Cue the Hallelujah Chorus* You’re stress
free and feeling relaxed, except now you’re...dare we say...bored!? Well, before your
mom starts handing you chores to do, here are a few ideas to keep you entertained:
This one’s a classic. Swing by your local coffee shop and grab a latte or hot chocolate,
blast some holiday tunes in the car, and drive through a couple parks or neighborhoods
to check out their festive light displays.
Holiday break is the perfect time to connect with friends you haven’t seen in awhile. Get the old gang back together at your favorite high school hangout and see what they’ve been up to.
There’s no shame in curling up on the couch by the fireplace and binge watching a new show on Netflix or Hulu. Lazy days are good for the soul! Better yet, invite your high school buds and make it a movie night and rewatch some old classics like Harry Potter or the Lord of the Rings.
Take an afternoon to bake in full holiday fashion. Make some goodies like sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, or maybe some banana bread and spread holiday cheer by taking it to a neighbor.
Splurge on a little something with the money you got for the holidays. You deserve it! With all the money you saved through your scholarships and low tuition at UCM, you’ll have even more to go around! Be sure to check out after-Christmas sales so your gift cards and cash can go farther for what you really want. The UCM Bookstore has a lot of fun gear too, so grab some swag and show your UCM Pride!
Nothing will mean more to your parents or grandparents (or even siblings) than you
wanting to spend time with them. Winter break is a great time to tell them about your
school year and see what they’ve been up to while you’ve been away.
Channel your inner child and head outside with some friends to build a snow fort.
It’s the little things in life that create the best memories.
You’ve got some extra time on your hands, so why not give back? UCM believes in a
culture of service, and our Mules and Jennies are known for their commitment to the
community! Head to your local soup kitchen or animal shelter and donate your time
helping others. You’ll be surprised at how good you’ll feel while making a difference
in your community.
Just because it’s not summer doesn’t mean you can’t grab a friend, an AUX cord and hit the open road. Pro tip: Take your mom or dad and make their day. Just be careful in slippery driving conditions!
Chances are, between work and school, it’s been awhile since you’ve been able to hit that snooze button. Better yet, don’t set an alarm at all! Take advantage of your time off and get all the zzz’s you can handle while enjoying every luxurious moment!